A bemused Shaka Hislop raged at the West Ham ownership after David Moyes returned to replace his successor Manuel Pellegrini in the Hammers hotseat.
Are West Ham too good for David Moyes?
He said: “On the one hand, David Moyes is tried and tested in the same circumstance for West Ham, and now the need really is that desperate because West Ham are plummeting towards the Championship at this point, and they need someone to arrest that slide.
“David Moyes, given the job that he did last time around, feels like a natural fit – or an easy choice.
“But, considering that, in keeping West Ham up [in 2018], this same ownership group didn’t see it fit to offer him an extension on that contract to build on that work. Why are you signing him [for 18 months]?
“If the focus is on staying up, give him a bonus to stay up and figure out what your next moves are.
“The hierarchy have a lot to answer for.”
It is clear to see why Hislop is so frustrated at his former club. It appears as though the club are admitting their mistakes by recruiting Moyes for a second time – though the length of his deal suggests he is not the stopgap solution he was perhaps hired for back in 2017.
Hislop looks to be concerned that the owners have consigned the club to merely ensuring their safety in the top flight through to the end of next season – judging by the circumstances of Moyes’ previous appointment and his subsequent return.
That suggests a lack of progression and ambition for the foreseeable future at West Ham, though it could be argued all the same that Moyes will be given the chance to build on what he achieves during the remainder of this season this time around.
Perhaps that is a fair stance to take having seen their bold move to hire Pellegrini backfire after letting the former Manchester United boss go, though it is understandable that Hislop feels so frustrated.
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